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UPDATED: Two in custody after report of shots fired, standoff in Tye

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Joe Fry, Assignment Editor/Photographer, jfry@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:02:44 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 13 2013 07:08:22 PM CST
Shankles & Smith
TYE, Texas -

Two suspects are in custody after an early morning report of shots fired and a standoff in a neighborhood just north of I-20, according to the Taylor County Sheriff's Department.

Taylor County Sheriff Ricky Bishop warned residents in the 100 block of Mulberry Road (north of Tye with a Merkel address) to stay in their homes as authorities chased the suspects before a four-hour standoff with one of the men.

Arrested were J.P. Smith, 22, of Snyder, and Shawn Shankles, 21, of Hermleigh.

According to Bishop, an unidentified woman spotted the men breaking into a vehicle at about 3:15 a.m. Friday. Authorities said shots were fired after the two men attempted to steal the vehicle.

Shankles is being held with bail set at $1,145,000 on two counts of attempted capital murder of a peace officer, one count of attempted capital murder by terroristic threat, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count of state jail felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Smith is being held with bail set at $50,000 for first degree felony aggravated robbery.

"She hollered at the boys - told them to get away from [my truck] and they shot right toward her face in that kitchen window and she said that they were real young-looking boys and they acted like they were really drugged bad," the victim's mother told KTXS.

“A Tye police officer arrived first on the scene, and was also fired upon, but not injured,” the release said. “TCSO officers arrived as well and were also shot at several times by one or more of the suspects, again, without injury.”

The victim was advised to stay inside and on the phone with dispatchers while officers attempted to find the suspect. The perimeter was cordoned off by TCSO officers and Department of Public Safety troopers. School buses and the public were prohibited from entering or exiting the area.

Smith allegedly surrendered to officers as he walked from the residence, while Shankles was arrested about four hours later. According to the TSCO, Shankles "was observed by officers leaving a hiding place near the same calling party/homeowner's residence.” An assault rifle and handgun were recovered at the scene.  

Both suspects were arrested and taken to the Taylor County Jail. 

Meanwhile, the woman who found the two men attempting to break into the vehicle is doing fine, Bishop said.

"She did a really good job of relaying information back to us on what she was hearing, what she could see when she would see something," Bishop said. “We had an ambulance come and check her out and just make sure she was OK medically and she seems to be doing OK.”